WASHINGTON — The Mexican Ministry of Economy has initiated an investigation of alleged dumping of emulsion styrene-butatiden rubber (ESBR) in the Mexican market by producers from South Korea, Poland, Japan and the U.S.
Mexico's action came just one week after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found evidence of material injury to the U.S. synthetic rubber industry caused by ESBR imports from Brazil, Mexico, Poland and South Korea.
The Mexican goverment's action was spurred by Industrias Negromex S.A. de C.V., Mexico's only ESBR producer, whcih filed its antidumping petition April 11 with the Ministry of Economy.
According to Negromex, the scope of the investigation refers to SBR rubbers that have 22.5 to 62.5 percent butadiene by weight. These are classified within the 1500 series (non-extended cold polymerized polymers), 1700 (extended cold polymers with oil), and 1900 (high styrene) as defined by the numerical system of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, the company said.
The scope of the investigation could be extended to include ESBR imports from other countries, Negromex said. The Ministry of Economy has not set any preliminary determination or hearing dates yet, it said.